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This treatise presents an exploration into the significance and merit of the song cycle Evidence of Things Not Seen by Ned Rorem. It explores Mr. Rorem's compositional style, his philosophy on the relationship of text to music, and his personal insights as they pertain to the compositional process of the cycle. Furthermore, it will briefly explore the literary aspects of the composition's texts, and examine a few of the more prominent musical devices Mr. Rorem uses to illustrate those poetic texts. Lastly, it includes a brief discussion on Mr. Rorem's view of the future of song, song recital, and music in America.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Matthew Lata, Professor Directing Treatise; André J. Thomas, University Representative; Stanford Olsen, Committee Member; Marcía Porter, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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